Meet Steve, the latest addition to the Buddies team.
Steve joins our dedicated breeder team and his role will involve meeting with conscientious breeders to help them understand the support and cover we provide them, and their forever owners.
We caught up with Steve to find out more about him, and his experience.
‘I have shown dogs for as long as I can remember. I have shown my dogs in Working, Pastoral and Gundog, but predominantly in Toy groups.
I worked as a hairdresser until I joined the pet trade 17 years ago, where I worked with breeders for Royal Canin. I then moved to Eukanuba where I worked in retail and wholesale channels for almost 9 years.’
‘I worked at Royal Canin before it became the huge company that it is now. We took a small show unit to the championship shows to promote this ‘new’ food that was in the UK from France.
When not at dog and cat shows, I would visit breeders at home leaving a sack of food with them to trial it for a set number of weeks to see if it made a difference to the health and condition of their dogs.’
‘Whilst at Eukanuba, other than the trade show at Crufts, I had little contact with breeders, which is one of the reasons I sought a new role with Buddies. I was also attracted to the company culture and the great range of products and services that Buddies offer.’
Steve comes from an entire family of animal lovers, especially dogs. He has always enjoyed showing dogs and has made champions up in several breeds. His most recent big achievement was winning the Toy group at East of England championship show in 2018 with a young Maltese, who won his first challenge certificate that day.
Steve currently shares his home with 13 dogs, aged between 6 months and 13 years. He has six Japanese Chins, two Smooth Chihuahuas and five Maltese. Many of these were bred by Steve too.
Steve will be attending shows throughout the year along with fellow Breeder Channel Manager, Tina. Do say hello if you spot them. We are very excited to be working with Steve and look forward to welcoming new breeders to the club.